Hot-Shooting Guards Guide Bruins by Bearcats in Season Finale

NEWBERG, Ore. — Guards Robin Taylor and Tiffany Behary shot 85% from the field and combined for 43 points as the George Fox University Bruins cruised past the Willamette University Bearcats 92-48 in the Northwest Conference women’s basketball season finale for both teams Saturday night here at the Wheeler Sports Center’s Miller Gym.

The game was never in doubt after Behary broke a 2-2 tie with a three-point basket that ignited a 17-0 run, giving the Bruins a 19-2 lead six minutes into the game. The Bruins took a 31-point lead with 2:01 left in the half on a pair of free throws by Melissa Marek-Farris, who scored 10 in the period, making it 43-12.

The Bruins turned up the heat even more in the second half, blistering the nets at a 67.9% clip (19-28).
Sara Brooks and Rebekah Wells had 10 points apiece to pace the Bearcats. Kari Woody had 5 rebounds, and Brooks passed out 4 assists.

Taylor led all scorers with 23 points, sinking 9-11 from the field, while Behary had 20 points on 8-9 shooting. Marek-Farris added 12 points on 5-5 shooting, and Kim Leith scored 11, finishing her Bruin career with 1,348 points, 4th on the all-time scoring list. Erin Powers, like Leith playing her final game for the Bruins, grabbed a game-high 8 rebounds as the Bruins controlled the boards 40-27. Behary also had 7 assists and 5 steals.

George Fox finishes with a 19-6 overall record, its 13th straight winning season, and a 10-6 league mark, tying Whitman College for 3rd in the standings. Whitman gets the final NWC Tournament spot, however, by virtue of its 1-1 record against 2nd-place University of Puget Sound. Willamette ends the year 5-19.